By Liam Emerton
The Football Queensland Central Coast Premier League had a fiery encounter at Pilbeam Park on Saturday night when the Nerimbera Magpies and Southside United faced off.
It was a cold night in Nerimbera but Southside’s Blake Penfold turned up the heat when he found the back of the net.
Penfold struck the ball from just inside the 18-yard-box and hit the absolute top corner of the goal to put his side up 1-0 in the opening 15 minutes.
After a few nasty challenges flew in from both sides the referee had to have a word with both captains.
And with no massive moments besides United’s goal, the half fizzled out with Southside leading 1-0.
It wasn’t long after the teams restarted the contest that a soft foul on the edge of the area gave Magpie Sam Skinner a sight at goal.
Skinner stood over the dead ball and struck it low and hard, around the wall and into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Skinner’s strike was even sweeter considering he was up against many of his former Bluebirds teammates from a couple of years ago.
The midfielder continued to look deadly over a couple of free kicks, crossing them in but with Nerimbera failing to hit the target, the score remained locked at 1-1.
After a bit of back and forth action it was Southside that would eventually take their lead back.
A move down the right touchline for the Hawks saw Nicholas Kirkpatrick squeeze one past Nerimbera’s goalkeeper with a tidy finish.
The goal seemed to push United deeper into their own half in an attempt to hold their slim lead for the rest of the match.
But that’s when Nerimbera were able to strike.
A nice move by Skinner combined with a well-weighted pass opened up the path for Joe Bramhall.
Bramhall hit the ball with emphasis and helped draw the Magpies level for the second time in the match.
That goal opened the game right back up and despite both having solid chances at goal, neither could capitalise as the game ended 2-2.
Across the grounds, Ryan Hawken, Jakeb Weber and an own goal were the difference makers as the Frenchville Roos defeated Central FC 3-0.
And in a goal-fest at Yeppoon, Clinton FC defeated Capricorn Coast 6-3 with the Gladstone squad’s goals coming from Ethan Munster (2), Josh Noonan (2), Anthony Cobb and Matt Varnes.
On Wednesday night the Frenchville Roos will take on Nerimbera in a mid-week contest which will be an intriguing contest.
In the women’s competition Capricorn Coast Eagles gave Clinton FC a massive scare but ultimately lost 4-3.
Clinton was only able to manage nine players to Apex Park but still snuck home with a huge three points, keeping their undefeated season alive.
Skye Noonan scored a hattrick in that match, leading from the front, while Georgia Muir added the other.
In the only other women’s match played, Bluebirds United put the rest of the competition on notice when they won 9-0 against Nerimbera.
Jessica Maitland, Monika Lama, Nicole Wilkie and Sonya Stoyles all scored doubles with Linda Pepper adding the ninth.